Popular actor-director Tropa Majumder and playwright-director Pantha Shahriar voiced concern over incorrect pronunciation by artistes in theatre productions at an online programme held on Thursday.
They said that having a good command over both speech and pronunciation is a must for an artiste otherwise he/she won’t be able to convey messages properly to the audience.
The programme, titled ‘Dure Thekeo Jure Thaki- Ei Akale,’ was organised by theatre troupe Prachyanat.
‘The trend of language distortion and incorrect pronunciation started in small screen productions and nowadays aspiring artistes rarely pronounce words properly. As a result, directors often try to overcome this shortcoming by focusing on visual performance but an actor cannot convey messages properly without having a good command of both speech and acting. I think we should develop our scripts keeping in mind the importance of proper pronunciation. Besides, the theatre troupes and directors have an important role to play in this regard. The audience can also help the artistes and theatre troupes by giving feedback,’ said Pantha Shahriar.
Tropa Majumder said that proper pronunciation is a lifelong endeavour.
‘We have to make sure that visual performance does not receive importance over proper pronunciation. However one cannot master the art of pronunciation overnight. It requires lot of time, dedication and hard work if a person tries to improve his/her pronunciation skill later in life,’ mentioned Tropa.
Prachyanat has been arranging the ‘Dure Thekeo Jure Thaki- Ei Akale,’ at 10:00 pm twice a week since April 24 to help raise funds for helping the needy and destitute theatre artistes hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak across the country.
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